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  •  Corporate Media Role Is To Condition The Populace (9+ / 0-)

    ....make us docile and accepting of decisions by the leaders.
    Not to inform, but to create a false landscape of reality.

    Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.~~~ Susan Sontag

    by frandor55 on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:13:11 AM PDT

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    •  Yes It Is. There Is This Story I Like To Tell (6+ / 0-)

      many years ago I had an idea for a screenplay. I wasn't sure how to write one so I bought a few books on the topic.

      I was surprised to find they all said the same thing:

      You have to have conflict, ever increasing conflict until you reach the climax.
      They suggested this even in something like a romantic comedy. At first I thought this was BS. Then I started to think about it, and I'd say this is true in about 95% of all movies I've seen.

      As a guy with a MA in Journalism (which I have never used) I started to notice this being applied in our news media. And it is right there. They are no longer reporting a story (as I was taught to do it). They are telling, no shaping a narrative.

      That is way any gaffe, any new job report, anything is always the worse. The end of Obama. The end of Republicans. The next Watergate (when it is nothing remotely close). Cause you have to have conflict. Ever increasing conflict to keep people's attention.

      I think a thesis could be written on this, cause clearly this isn't how news is supposed to be reported and I'd even argue to some extent it is why the right and left are so far apart, because they are using the same tactics. Using those tactics, this is the worse, insert manufactured conflict, is how you get media coverage.

      If Mitt, when asked the other day to grade Obama had said a C- nobody would have cared. He had to give him a F. It is why Obama isn't a liberal, he is a socialist.

      The list could go on and on.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:22:15 AM PDT

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      •  Noam Chomsky already wrote the book on it (11+ / 0-)

        Here is a condensation

        1. The strategy of distraction
        The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divert public attention from important issues and changes determined by the political and economic elites, by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information. distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the public interest in the essential knowledge in the area of the science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. “Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals (quote from text Silent Weapons for Quiet War ).”

        2. Create problems, then offer solutions
        This method is also called “problem -reaction- solution. “It creates a problem, a “situation” referred to cause some reaction in the audience, so this is the principal of the steps that you want to accept. For example: let it unfold and intensify urban violence, or arrange for bloody attacks in order that the public is the applicant‟s security laws and policies to the detriment of freedom. Or: create an economic crisis to accept as a necessary evil retreat of social rights and the dismantling of public services.

        3. The gradual strategy
        Acceptance to an unacceptable degree, just apply it gradually, dropper, for consecutive years. That is how they radically new socioeconomic conditions ( neoliberalism ) were imposed during the 1980s and 1990s: the minimal state, privatization, precariousness, flexibility, massive unemployment, wages, and do not guarantee a decent income, so many changes that have brought about a revolution if they had been applied once.

        4. The strategy of deferring
        Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as “painful and necessary”, gaining public acceptance, at the time for future application. It is easier to accept that a future sacrifice of immediate slaughter. First, because the effort is not used immediately. Then, because the public, masses, is always the tendency to expect naively that “everything will be better tomorrow” and that the sacrifice required may be avoided. This gives the public more time to get used to the idea of change and accept it with resignation when the time comes.

        5. Go to the public as a little child
        Most of the advertising to the general public uses speech, argument, people and particularly
        children‟s intonation, often close to the weakness, as if the viewer were a little child or a mentally deficient. The harder one tries to deceive the viewer look, the more it tends to adopt a tone infantilising. Why? “If one goes to a person as if she had the age of 12 years or less, then, because of suggestion, she tends with a certain probability that a response or reaction also devoid of a critical sense as a person 12 years or younger (see Silent Weapons for Quiet War ).”

        6. Use the emotional side more than the reflection Making use of the emotional aspect is a classic technique for causing a short circuit on rational analysis , and finally to the critical sense of the individual. Furthermore, the use of emotional register to open the door to the unconscious for implantation or grafting ideas , desires, fears and anxieties , compulsions, or induce behaviors …

        7. Keep the public in ignorance and mediocrity
        Making the public incapable of understanding the technologies and methods used to control and enslavement. “The quality of education given to the lower social classes must be the poor and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance it plans among the lower classes and upper classes is and remains impossible to attain for the lower classes (See „ Silent Weapons for Quiet War ).”

        8. To encourage the public to be complacent with mediocrity
        Promote the public to believe that the fact is fashionable to be stupid, vulgar and uneducated…

        9. Self-blame Strengthen
        To let individual blame for their misfortune, because of the failure of their intelligence, their abilities, or their efforts. So, instead of rebelling against the economic system, the individual autodesvalida and guilt, which creates a depression, one of whose effects is to inhibit its action. And, without action, there is no revolution!

        10. Getting to know the individuals better than they know themselves
         Over the past 50 years, advances of accelerated science has generated a growing gap between public knowledge and those owned and operated by dominant elites. Thanks to biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the “system” has enjoyed a sophisticated understanding of human beings, both physically and psychologically. The system has gotten better acquainted with the common man more than he knows himself. This means that, in most cases, the system exerts greater control and great power over individuals, greater than that of individuals about themselves.

        'Cause the fire in the street, Ain't like the fire in the heart/ And in the eyes of all these people, Don't you know that this could start, On any street in any town ~ FZ

        by cosmic debris on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:42:57 AM PDT

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